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The General rides into battle

Will VK Singh become the first army chief to become an MP? Rediff.com's Archana Masih accompanied him on the campaign trail, to find out if his appeal and message resonates with voters in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. Rediff.com, 3 weeks ago
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PM's post: Married candidates need not apply

'There appears to be in the Indian polity a link between being Single and being of prime ministerial timber. It is a trend, a preponderance -- not a statistical verity,' says Dr Shashi K Pande. Single Man, the arresting title of Sankarshan Thakur's recent book on Nitish Kumar, set off a trail in my psychiatric mind. Mr Thakur did not reveal his reasons for the title's choice, but did say, in an interview with Rediff.com's Archana Masih that it has become a topic of 'some charming speculation ...
 Rediff.com1 day ago
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'How can a party that has people like us be communal?'

'Minorities should not fear a Modi sarkar...' 'Who has given the right to kill in the name of religion? No one! You are not James Bond 007, that you will just take a shotgun and kill anybody at your whims and fancies. We are not living in a banana republic.' 'I have been to Pakistan so many times to see my sister -- General Zia-ul Haq's daughter Zain Zia. Even they would ask me why I am in a communal party and I told them ki jis party mein hum jaise log hai woh party communal kaise ho sakti ...
 Rediff.com2 days ago
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Will this daughter salvage her father's political honour?

Dr Misa Bharati is fighting to win back Patliputra, the seat her father lost in 2009, in a contest that is a do-or-die battle for Lalu Yadav and the RJD. Reportage: Archana Masih/Rediff.com in Awdheshpur-Chakdula village, Dhanarua Photographs: Rajesh Karkera/Rediff.com Not a single home in Chakdula village has a toilet. "Didi, we go to the fields. I can't tell you how difficult it is in the rainy season," says Gudiya Kumari, a teenaged girl who walks an hour to get to the government middle ...
 Rediff.com6 days ago
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A father fights an election for a dead son

Driving a Tata Nano covered with banners about his son's killing by the Mumbai police, Kundan Prasad Singh is fighting his first election to get justice for a dead child. Reportage: Archana Masih/Rediff.com in Madhopur panchayat, near Patna. Photographs: Rajesh Karkera/Rediff.com A white Nano is Kundan Prasad Singh's campaign office, campaign vehicle and campaign entourage. The election campaign so far has cost him Rs 60,000, which is the expense for petrol, printed pamphlets and a hired ...
 Rediff.com1 week ago
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'Kejriwal never wanted to fight the Lok Sabha election'

'I get angry when people throw ink or slap him -- but Arvind takes all this in his stride. People make fun of him and point out his mistakes, but they haven't seen his sacrifice...' 'If you understand his commitment towards this country, you will not dare say anything against him.' Dr Bipin Mittal, a longtime friend and family doctor of the Aam Aadmi Party leader, tells Rediff.com's Archana Masih about the Arvind Kejriwal few know. Arvind first came to me as a patient. He hadn't slept the ...
 Rediff.com1 week ago
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'Kejriwal banda A1 hai... but he broke our hearts'

In Arvind Kejriwal's home turf, Kaushambi in Ghaziabad, the honeymoon with India's most famous aam aadmi is near its end. Archana Masih and Rajesh Karkera/Rediff.com listen in. One afternoon last week we made our way to Girnar, the building where Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal lived till recently. In a cluster of grey buildings with names taken from India's great mountains and rivers -- Shivalik, Kailash, Girnar etc -- it is quiet in the Kaushambhi area of Ghaziabad. On the ground floor ...
 Rediff.com2 weeks ago
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'Ghar ghar Modi nahin, ghar ghar jhaadu chahiye...'

Shazia Ilmi fires from all cylinders in Ghaziabad, one of the most watched constituencies in this election. Rediff.com's Archana Masih was present at one of AAP candidate's meetings. "56 inch ke seeney ki baat kartey hai, usey bhagwan banatey hai -- lekin Aam Aadmi Party dhoondti hai har ek insaan mein bhagwan ko Yeh farak hai unmey aur hum mein... (They talk of the man whose chest measures 56 inches. They have made him into a god -- but the Aam Aadmi Party seeks god in every individual. That ...
 Rediff.com2 weeks ago
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General V K Singh rides into battle

'Mr Modi has the necessary initiative, necessary motivation, necessary national thinking to push things forward. Here's a man with proven ability,' says General Vijay Kumar Singh as he battles for the people's vote. 'India can become a superpower provided we shed a lot of things that have plagued us for the past 60 years," he says. 'One of them -- a major one -- is how the country has been divided for vote banks. We need to sort that out, it will take time, but I am sure once that is done, a ...
 Rediff.com3 weeks ago
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'Modi is the most talented politician of our time'

'He doesn't think anyone else has his brilliance or integrity. And he cannot bear to stand a rival,' says journalist Aakar Patel, a longtime Modi observer who has translated Modi's poetry and his biographies of RSS leaders. What would India under a Modi Sarkar look like -- if the BJP were to come to power? Who would be the men and women running the show if Modi were to become prime minister? Is there a Modi wave? Is he the messiah of the middle class and how has he boosted Gujarati pride? ...
 Rediff.com3 weeks ago
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